Parents of Mallory Grossman appear on the Today Show

New Jersey Family to Sue School District After 12-Year-Old Daughter's Suicide

New Jersey Family to Sue School District After 12-Year-Old Daughter's Suicide

Rockaway Township School District attorney Nathanya G. Simon told NorthJersey.com that the school district had not yet received any notice of the lawsuit.

The family of a 12-year-old girl who took her own life after bullying at school is expected to filed a lawsuit against the school district this week.

"She had no friends and finally she was even told, why don't you kill yourself", Nagel says.

Last year, the state has strict Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying laws, and the school district didn't file an HIB report, Grossman alleges.

"I think that she kind of represented what they couldn't be, Grossman said".

"This tragedy could have been prevented and this lawsuit should be a wake-up call to every school in every hamlet of our great country that cyber-bullying is going on every day and that the schools must immediately take step to stop this and protect every student in the school", Nagel said in a statement. She also complained to administrators at the middle school about the alleged cyberbullying hours before her daughter died. She said the school was focused on academics and not concerned about Mallory's emotional well-being.

"There was a pattern, a regular history, pattern of the school dismissing my concerns", Grossman said. "And I can tell you that the mother dismissed it, said it was just a big joke, and that I really shouldn't worry about it", Grossman said.

Such snide remarks, dirty looks and intimidating messages can be extra hurtful during middle school, a complicated time when adolescents' bodies and hormones are changing, and when social status at school means everything, Grossman said. "They should not assume that "'my child would never do that'". Grossman is also honored in a GoFundMe that has raised more than $76,000.

Morris County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Fred Snowflack confirmed to NBC News that prosecutors are actively investigating the case, but declined to comment on the suit. Superintendents who don't to comply could lose their licenses, and students found responsible for bullying can be suspended or expelled.

Also on Tuesday, Grossman's family announced plans to start the nonprofit Mals Army, which will aim to educate others about the harms of bullying, and shine a light on the countrywide "epidemic", Negal said.

Mallory had two sisters and a brother.

A since online created obituary for their daughter, remembers the 12 year's old memory as compassionate and artsy. This camp provides summer camp experiences for children with cancer and children who have lost someone dear to them with cancer. She loved flowers, every color and shape.

"Mallory was our teacher", her family wrote.

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